I’ve decided to read the New Testament in order from Matthew to Revelation. I keep my copy of The Message bible near my bed where I nurse the baby to sleep so that I can snag a minute of quiet time at nap time. It’s funny how much insight you can gain from one passage if you take the time to really meditate on what you’ve read.
For example, today I started reading Matthew Chapter 1, which tells the genealogy of Jesus Christ. I’ve always skimmed through the list, noting familiar names (Ruth and Boaz, Jesse and David, etc.) and moving on to the rest of the story. However, today I took a moment to really focus on who was listed as Jesus’ ancestors.
You’ve heard that Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Obviously he is a descendant of Judah but today I recognized names of kings — descendants of King David. Sure enough, Chronicles lists all of those kings as rulers of Judah. Remember when Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, became king? And when he laid down a heavy burden on the people, they rebelled and chose their own king? The tribe of Judah was the only one who remained loyal to the descendants of King David.
And so Jesus is not only the descendant of a king — David, but the descendant of the kings who ruled ONLY Judah. Could God get any more specific?
Lord, today I am in awe of your specific and thorough promises. Thank you for pointing the way so very clearly to your son, Jesus.
13. Snow days
14. Baby scalp like flakes of snow
15. Garbage run “dates”
16. My sister on the “to do” list
17. An article from a friend that answers all my questions.
18. New journals